Hallam Chase tradition continues in Crosspool

Crosspool was once again the focus for the historic Hallam Chase running event this week.

The Hallam Chase is organised by Hallamshire Harriers and hosted by the Hallam Cricket Club. It has been running since 1862.

This year, 48 runners set off to cover the gruelling 3¼ mile route with 800′ of climb on a bright and dry Tuesday night. Dropping from Sandygate, down the infamous Den Bank, it crosses the Rivelin Valley then climbs to Stannington church before returning by the same route.

First to the church was Dark Peak’s Brian Greaves, but he was eventually overhauled by Handsworth Road Hog’s Dean Drabble who won the handicapped event.

Nick Spinks and Dean Drabble

Nick Spinks and Dean Drabble

A close battle then ensued between two of the city’s best distance runners, Hallamshire Harriers’ pair Rob Baker and Andy Thake. In the end Andy just held on to take the fastest man title in an impressive 22 minutes 7 seconds. Dark Peak Fell Runner Nicky Spinks won both the ladies handicap and fastest female title in a time of 28 minutes 49 seconds.

Next year’s event will be Tuesday 5 June at 8pm, which is also the weekend of the queen’s diamond jubilee. Spectators are welcome.

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